Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University College Cork.

The Department of Physics is one of Ireland’s largest, most dynamic centres of scientific development with a focus on excellence in both education and research, and a particularly strong track record in PhD education.

The strength of our undergraduate degree programmes in both physics and astrophysics attracts a large cohort of talented students to study physics at UCC. Our research strength also attracts many international post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists to our department, making it a large, cosmopolitan place for the advancement of science.

The Department of Physics plays an important strategic role in the region through its extensive interactions with industry both nationally and internationally.



SFSB Conference



The SFSB conference celebrated the sixtieth birthday of Stephen Fahy. Professor Fahy joined the University College Cork Physics Department in 1993, following positions at the University of Michigan and Bell Labs. He completed his PhD in 1987 in the Physics Department at University of California, Berkeley supervised by Professor Steven Louie.

Prof. Fahy has made numerous contributions to condensed matter physics across topics including semiconductor transport, scattering theory, materials under ultrafast excitation, and quantum Monte Carlo calculations.

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Prof. Pat O’Shea, Prof. Mairéad Murnane, Prof. John McInerney and Prof. Stephen Fahy at the SFSB Conference 2018

NiallFest2018 celebrating the work of Niall O’Murchadha (UCC Physics).


Niall with Kip Thorne Nobel laureate in Physics

Participants enjoying the sunshine in UCC at NiallFest2018

UCC invests in atmospheric monitoring station



Physics News

Scientists discover first high-temperature single-molecule magnet
Posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm

A team of scientists led by Professor Richard Layfield at the University of Sussex has published […]

The big problem of small data: A new approach
Posted on October 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Big Data is all the rage today, but Small Data matters too! Drawing reliable conclusions from small […]

Scientists find unusual behavior in topological material
Posted on October 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Argonne scientists have identified a new class of topological materials made by inserting […]

Cryocooler cools an accelerator cavity
Posted on October 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Particle accelerators are made of structures called cavities, which impart energy to the particle […]